Providers have until the end of this week to force the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to officially delay execution of a home health rule targeted at improving operations and patient care at home health agencies.
The agency in early April released a proposed rule to push back the start date of a rule that lays out new conditions of participation in Medicare and Medicaid. The present effective date is the day of July 13, but the CMS is proposing to delay that until the day of Jan. 13, 2018. Comments are due by June 2.
The final regulation outlined latest operational requirements for home health agencies, like training requirements for staff on competency of care and patient rights. Industry groups explained that they required more time to comply.
“To make sure that home health agencies and their staffs can precisely prepare to respond to the new requirements, we strongly motivate the agency to delay the effective date,” Sharon Dunn, president of the American Physical Therapy Association, claimed in a May 8 comment letter.
The final rule also needs home health agencies to give sufferers and caregivers with written information about services, like instructions for medications or contact information for clinical managers.
Overall, the CMS estimated complying with the home health rule will cost home health agencies $293 million in the 1st year and $290 million yearly thereafter.
Almost 12,600 home health agencies give services to roughly 5 million Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in the U.S., in accordance to the CMS.
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